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4 Things Every Expat Should Know About Investing

Written by Jimmy Rustling

Relying on your income is never a good financial practice. Most experts advise you on how to make smart investments in growing your money. Even if you’re an expat living abroad, there are plenty of ways you can create an investment portfolio with favourable returns. All you need is a better understanding of how investing works when you’re living or working away from your home country. Of course, the common factors that will impact your finances are taxes and foreign currencies. Nevertheless, don’t be afraid to take risks from time to time. As long as you begin with the proper foundation, have the right knowledge, and enlist the help of an expert, you’ll be set on the right path.

The relationship between risk and return

Our basic understanding of risk involves the likelihood of losing money in a particular investment. On the other hand, returns simply refer to how much you earned in an investment over a specific time. But investment experts at look at these terms in a more complex manner. For instance, your financial advisor views risk as the measurable deviation of your actual returns from the expected return. Also, both risk and return are measurable either on a short-term or a long-term basis. In general, every investor should be willing to take on more risk in the hope of getting higher returns.

Diversifying your investment portfolio

Diversification is an essential investment strategy, whether you’re an expat or not. An expat’s investment portfolio may include offshore bonds, stocks, real estate, and pension funds. For example, if you’re investing in stocks, it’s a better option to purchase stocks within an entire class. By having a broad range of companies within one class included in your stock portfolio, you can compensate for the loss in some of the companies with the expected growth in the others.

Allocating your assets

One of the best ways to drive long-term returns in your investments is to allocate assets the right way. Instead of focusing on timing and market behaviour, the better strategy would be to allocate your assets with a higher number of high-risk, high-return assets. If you want better results over time, you need to be more aggressive in your investment strategy by investing in commercial property. Yes, there may be unprofitable years, but it’s to be expected when you’re a risk-taker.

Managing your expectations on returns

Being realistic with returns is critical when it’s your first time investing. Depending on the type of portfolio you have, you’ll be exposed to a variety of risks. If you’re an expat, you’ll need to pay attention to opportunities that will allow you to increase your returns. For instance, are there investment options that also include tax breaks? How about fees and charges? Will you be able to maximise returns while also reducing additional fees? Your wealth manager should be able to show you a big picture of what to expect, depending on your risk strategy.

Final thoughts

Investing money can be tricky, confusing, frustrating, but highly rewarding if you do it right. Working and living abroad gives you plenty of opportunities to explore what you can do with your money. Instead of letting your funds sit in your account, think about your options and consult an expert so that you can start now and reap the benefits before you retire.


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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.